Monday, February 27, 2017

1st Grade News ~ 2/27/17

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Have you explored the outstanding site Tagul for creating word cloud art?  

With the help of our building media specialist, our first grade students completed a fantastic Tagul word cloud project to tie into a reading unit about animals.  Two nonfiction selections - From Puppy to Guide Dog and Koko and Penny introduced the children to different ways people work with animals.

These kids are fantastic listeners!

Working in the Media Center 

After studying the reading selections, we began two projects.  The first project was a booklet about a favorite animal, shaped in a paw with writing prompts on each page.  The template for the project came from a Scholastic Book called All About Me Write & Read Books.  The children had a great time gathering information about favorite animals from books in our classroom library and an encyclopedia app.  

The second project was the awesome word cloud art!  Students chose ten words about their favorite animal for the word clouds.  They did a fabulous job experimenting with Tagul and learning about the shape, font and color options.  I love how eager, little first graders explore and learn about technology with confidence and enthusiasm!  It's great to watch these fun projects unfold.

It's hard to believe we are nearing the end of February and have only three months until the end of the school year.... 

I hope your week is filled with happiness and wonderful learning experiences!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1st Grade News!

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Thanks to our fantastic PSO, COSI on Wheels - The Incredible Human Machine visited our school on Tuesday.

The Incredible Human Machine program is designed to help students make decisions that improve their long term well-being. The program consisted of a 45 minute interactive assembly and was followed by hands-on sessions.  Parent volunteers and high school students helped facilitate the hands-on sessions.

Our students thoroughly enjoyed the assembly and hands-on sessions!  Thanks to parent volunteers, we have a nice picture gallery to share.  link for picture gallery

Monday, February 6, 2017

1st Grade News ~ 2/7/17

It's hard to believe - we have already passed the 100th day of school in first grade.  Last week our kindergarteners dressed up as 100 year olds - absolutely precious!  In first grade, students read about "Animal One Hundreds".  A bald eagle can fly 100 miles a day and dolphins can have 100 teeth.  We also learned that centipedes don't always have 100 legs.  They can have between 30 and 382 legs.

Before you know it, Valentine's Day will be here.  We are asking first graders to prepare a card for each of their friends and decorate a bag or box to used as a Valentine "mailbox."  Our very special room parents plan fantastic parties and we always have plenty of helpers on hand.  

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Have a wonderful week!